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Honey Tzimmes

Micah Siva



Tzimmes is a traditional baked dish of root vegetables with dried fruit, served alongside a festive meal. Growing up, tzimmes was a highlight of the Rosh Hashanah and Passover menussweet enough to pass as a dessert, but packed with bright vegetables, it was the perfect, warming side dish during the holidays. If you aren’t familiar with this dish, give it a try for your next holiday meal. In Ashkenazi tradition, it includes healthy serving of prunes, brown sugar and orange juice, but swapping for honey (which gives a nod to Rosh Hashanah), ginger and cayenne makes this tzimmes a touch healthier, without sacrificing taste or tradition! 

Ingredients for 4-6 servings

  • 1 lb. (about 8) carrots, chopped into 1-inch pieces 
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 
  • 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces 
  • 2 apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces 
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries 
  • 1 cup vegetable broth, or water 
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, finely chopped 
  • 1 tsp. orange zest 
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 
  • Pinch sea salt 
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper 
  • 1/3 cup walnuts 
  • 1/4 cup butter or plant-based alternative  
  • Preparation Time
    15 minutes
  • Cooking Time
    1.5 hours


  1. Preheat the oven 350 F. Combine carrots, sweet potato, squash, apples and cranberries in a 9×13 baking pan. 
  1. In a medium bowl, combine broth, vinegar, honey, ginger, orange zest, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables. 
  1. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. 
  1. Remove foil, and add walnuts and butter. Bake for an additional 45-60 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 
  1. Enjoy! 

Micah Siva

Micah Siva is a trained chef, Registered Dietitian, recipe writer, food photographer, and Jewish cook. Her love for food began in her grandmother’s kitchen, where she learned about the importance of food in celebrating holidays, bringing family together, and keeping traditions alive. She strives to modernize the foods she grew up on, adding her own unique spin on everything from matzah balls to latkes. Through her personal blog, (Nosh with Micah), she shares delicious, plant-forward recipes that are chef-created , dietitian approved, and guaranteed delicious.